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Richard Holmes
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RICHARD HOLMES is the author of The Age of Wonder, which was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, won the Royal Society Prize for Science Books and the National Books Critics Circle Award, and was one of The New York Times Book Review’s Best Books of the Year in 2009. Holmes’s other books include Footsteps, Sidetracks, Shelley: The Pursuit (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award) Coleridge: Early Visions (winner of the1989 Whitbread Book of the Year Award) Coleridge: Darker Reflections (an NBCC finalist), and Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage (winner of the James Tait Black Prize). He was awarded...

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The Age of Wonder
The Romantic Generation and the Discovery of the Beauty and Terror of Science
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 2, 2010
Price: $18.95

A riveting history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science.

When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover Paradise. Inspired by the scientific ferment sweeping through Britain... Read more >
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The Age of Wonder
How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Hardcover, 576 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $40.00

Winner of the 2009 Royal Society Prize for Science Books

A riveting history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science.

When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

The Age of Wonder
How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $14.99

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Coleridge: Early Visions, 1772-1804

Written by Richard Holmes


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 26, 2011
Price: $16.99

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Coleridge: Early Visions, 1772-1804

Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 23, 1999
Price: $22.00

"Poet, journalist, letter-writer, critic, autobiographer, lecturer, folklorist, philosopher: when a man's genius is so amorphous and protean, how can any one biographer hope to encompass it? Yet, miraculously, in this first of two volumes, Richard Holmes has succeeded in doing so. . . . His masterly book leaves one feeling that... Read more >
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Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage

Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 1996
Price: $17.00

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Falling Upwards
How We Took to the Air: An Unconventional History of Ballooning
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $17.95

Time Magazine 10 Top Nonfiction Books of 2013 
The New Republic Best Books of 2013
Kirkus Best Books of the Year (2013)

In a dazzling fusion of history, art, science, and biography, Falling Upwardsresurrects the daring men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air in balloons. 

Richard Holmes gives us another of his unforgettable portraits... Read more >
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Falling Upwards
How We Took to the Air
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $35.00

Falling Upwards tells the story of the enigmatic group of men and women who first risked their lives to take to the air, and so discovered a new dimension of human experience. Why they did it, what their contemporaries thought of them, and how their flights revealed the secrets of our... Read more >
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Falling Upwards
How We Took to the Air
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: eBook, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $13.99

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Footsteps
Adventures of a Romantic Biographer
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 1996
Price: $17.00

Richard Holmes knew he had become a true biographer the day his bank bounced a check that he had inadvertently dated 1772. Because for the acclaimed chronicler of Shelley and Coleridge, biography is a physical pursuit, an ardent and arduous retracing of footsteps that may have vanished centuries before.

In this gripping... Read more >

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Sidetracks
Explorations of a Romantic Biographer
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $19.95

With this collection of short and fascinating biographical pieces, the award-winning biographer of Coleridge and Shelley offers a fascinating glimpse into the mysterious art of biography.

When researching, Richard Holmes has often become captivated by figures peripheral to his main subject, literary forays that he couldn’t resist. These tales—he forbidden love of... Read more >
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Sidetracks
Explorations of a Romantic Biographer
Written by Richard Holmes


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $15.99

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